Is parity a good thing in college football?

Not if you are a Power 5 conference locked into a system which has five leagues competing for four spots. Add the looming presence this season of an independent such as Notre Dame and the math equation becomes even more difficult with six teams vying for four spots.

And, just to make matters more interesting, there is the possibility that two of the leagues (Southeastern Conference and Big Ten) could have two contenders for the Final Four slots.

Which is why Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby must be looking at his conference’s standings this morning with mixed emotions.

The bad news (from a CFB Playoff viewpoint) is that the Big 12 is down to one unbeaten team and it’s not the pre-season favorite, Oklahoma. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.